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or cam·ass  (kăm′əs)
1. Any of several plants of the genus Camassia, especially C. quamash of western North America, having grasslike leaves, a raceme of blue flowers, and a bulb that has traditionally been an important food for various Native American peoples. Also called quamash.
2. Death camas.

[Nez Perce qém'es, qém'eš.]
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(ˈkæmæs) or


1. (Plants) Also called: quamash any of several North American plants of the liliaceous genus Camassia, esp C. quamash, which has a cluster of blue or white flowers and a sweet edible bulb
2. (Plants) death camass any liliaceous plant of the genus Zygadenus (or Zigadenus), of the western US, that is poisonous to livestock, esp sheep
[C19: from Chinook Jargon kamass, from Nootka chamas sweet]
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or cam•as

(ˈkæm əs)

1. any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, esp. C. quamash, of W North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs.
[1795–1805, Amer.; < Chinook Jargon]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.camass - any of several plants of the genus Camassiacamass - any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Camassia, genus Camassia, genus Quamassia, Quamassia - genus of scapose herbs of North and South America having large edible bulbs
Camassia quamash, common camas - plant having a large edible bulb and linear basal leaves and racemes of light to deep violet-blue star-shaped flowers on tall green scapes; western North America
Camassia leichtlinii, Leichtlin's camas - camas found to the west of Cascade Mountains
Camassia scilloides, indigo squill, wild hyacinth - eastern camas; eastern and central North America
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A bulb called camass (Camassia species) is another choice for planting in a site where the soil is too wet for most of the more common bulbs.
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Hogs' Heaven, it's said, was the first suggested name for this town, from the era when settlers' pigs spent their days rooting rapturously among endless fields of camass flower bulbs.
"It was adopted into the Chinook jargon as camass, kamass, lacmass, and lakamass.